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Dr Who Experience Interactive attraction opening soon


A new immersive exhibition celebrating sci-fi BBC television character Dr Who will open this coming February in London. The Dr Who Experience at Olympia is being produced and built by creative design and AV installation company Sarner for BBC Worldwide.


The main element of the exhibition will be a


walk-through time travel experience where, for the first time ever, visitors will become involved in their very own alien-themed Doctor Who adventure. Devised with input from the TV show’s executive producer Steven Moffat, the attraction will feature spectacular special effects and exclusively filmed footage. Following their adventure, visitors will enter an


interactive exhibition charting the history of the TV series. Displays and classic memorabilia from the show, including several generations of the Daleks and original costumes, will be included.


“Doctor Who is a part of British culture and this bespoke project is an extremely exciting and prestigious one for us to be working on”, comments Sarner creative director Michael Bennett. “The brief was to create an immersive experience based on the popular TV programme that would capture and celebrate the essence of Doctor Who, adds Paula Al-Lach, head of exhibitions and events for BBC Worldwide. “We felt that Sarner’s creative vision for the project matched the brief and that they proposed something completely different, all


50 years of Knott’s Calico Mine Train


One of the most famous attractions at classic California theme park Knott’s Berry Farm recently celebrated 50 years.


The Calico Mine Train opened on November 22, 1960. A classic train ride featuring dim caverns, twinkling lights and scruffy, hard- working miners, the attraction features a real


train with a chain lift to negotiate the steep elevation that leads into Cavern Room.


About $1.5 million, equivalent to $9m/€9m in today’s money, was spent designing and constructing the ride over a period of around a year. Yet the attraction came into being through a simple handshake, a paperless contract between Walter Knott and engineer Bud Hurlbut. “This was our first dark ride, our first mechanical ride that was built inside a


building,” Walter Knott’s grandson Steve Knott told the Orange County Register. “This is a ride my granddad very much enjoyed. My granddad worked in the Calico mines in San Bernardino County.” Occasionally during construction of the ride, a man would show up in a sharply dressed suit, spending hours watching Hurlbut and his team at work. That man was Walt Disney. One day after the attraction was finished, he returned to take a ride on the train. Explaining that he was in a hurry, Hurlbut ushered Disney through the mountain facade, where he witnessed as many as 200 people waiting to ride the train.


“Bud had invented the hidden switchback queue – something used by theme parks all over the world to this day,” says theme park historian Chris Merritt, author of Knott’s Preserved, a book about the park’s history. Except for occasional maintenance and a few minor safety upgrades, the ride is basically the same as it was when Hurlbut crafted it a half-century ago, a much loved Knott’s institution almost as famous as Mrs Knott’s chicken dinners.


www.knotts.com www.wildwadi.com 22 DECEMBER 2010/JANUARY 2011 A concept drawing for the attraction


encompassing and a little bit scary.” The Dr Who Experience opens on February 20.


www.drwhoexperience.com


Staley steps up at IAAPA Europe


The search for IAAPA Europe’s new executive director is over. The association has appointed from within and appointed former deputy director for Europe Karen Staley (pictured). Due to start in the role on January 1, Staley will lead IAAPA’s efforts to expand and enhance its services in Europe, replacing Andreas Andersen, who is leaving to become the new CEO of Liseberg in Sweden. Staley will oversee government relations, communications, membership development, education, as well as continuing to work on the Euro Attractions Show. Staley started at IAAPA in 2004 as manager of marketing and sales for


IAAPA’s conference and trade shows in the United States, Europe and Asia. In 2006, she assumed the role of operations manager for IAAPA Europe and the Euro Attractions Show (EAS). She was promoted to director of operations in 2008 and was named deputy director of IAAPA Europe in 2009. Boasting a degree and masters degree from colleges in Maryland, USA, Staley grew up in Germany and speaks fluent German, as well as conversational French. She will now relocate to Germany as she takes on the new role.


New at Wild Wadi


Wild Wadi in Dubai is about to debut an exhilarating waterslide complex. Installed by ProSlide, the new addition features the world’s first side-by-side BowlingAlley and TantrumAlley and is expected to take the award-winning waterpark by storm.


Each slide features a succession of interlinked open and tube sections, punctuated either by two bowl slides or three funnels, allowing riders to swirl around in a whirlpool motion, or oscillate from side to side.


The BowlingAlley measures 160-metres in length and guests ride inside a


four/five-person raft, while Tantrum Alley is 130-metres long, enjoyed inside a four-person Cloverleaf tubes. The grand opening of the new attraction is due in January, while a soft opening was expected in December.


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